VMHC has announced a plethora of options for learning at home.
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will be offering free online video content, webinars, student learning resources, and virtual tours as the museum is currently closed to the public following the guidance of state authorities in regards to the spread of COVID-19. The VMHC is currently the only local Richmond museum offering this extensive distance programming. These resources can be found at VirginiaHistory.org/AtHome.
“We are here to serve the people of this Commonwealth – to enrich their lives through the saving and sharing of Virginia’s long and complex history. While the museum must be closed so that we can do our part to stem the tide of this virus, we are eager to expand our relationship with our community – students at home and lifelong learners alike,” said President & CEO Jamie Bosket, “so long as we are able, we will use our staff talent to keep generating new content to share.”
History Lecture Archive
- Hundreds of hours of recorded lectures on topics spanning Virginia’s long history from some of the
biggest names in history.
- VMHC Educators will offer regular live webinars tailored for both student and general adult audiences,
- Wednesday, March 18: HistoryConnects: Women’s Suffrage Starter Pack (for students, 4th & 5th
- Monday, March 23: Picture This: Virginia in the 20th Century Webinar (for all ages)
- Thursday, March 26: HistoryConnects: Sign of the Times: Activism in the Suffrage Movement (for
students-middle & high school grades)
Online Learning for Students:
- VMHC’s rich content for students studying at home includes:
- Color Our Collections themed coloring pages available to print
- Educational Videos
- The Story of Virginia Digital Timeline
- Virginia History Explorer
- Other Learning Resources & Lesson Plans
- The VMHC offers virtual tours of its current major exhibitions, including:
- The Story of Virginia Exhibition
- Landscapes of Virginia Exhibition
- Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality – Coming Soon
- Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today – Coming Soon
- VMHC’s specialty gift shop is still available for online shopping. Enjoy a new book or video from our vast
history bookstore, historical games, or unique household and office décor.
For more details please visit our special webpage:
Hurry in a Curry to be First Friday Food Truck at Westover Place
Planning your weekly dinner menus just got another option.
The folks at Westover Place, the strip of stores between The Forest and 48 Hours, will be hosting a rotating food truck every Friday. It will be a single truck and this week is one of my favorites.
Curry in a Hurry will be parked in front of the former “Stories” location (5065 Forest Hill Ave) on Friday (4/3) from 4 – 7 PM. If you’re looking for a little variety or an excuse to take a walk on Friday now you’ve got a good reason. The menu might be a little different for Friday but this is the standard menu.
Never had Curry in a Hurry? This is what owner Barry Hodge has to say about his offerings.
Well, here we are, this is my passion – curry, not just any curry, but British Indian curry. I have been eating this food since I was 5, I have been making this delightful food since I was 15 and now feel it’s time to share the delights of British Indian Curry with the good people of Richmond.
Over the past 60 years it has become the #1 take-away food in England and is now regarded as the “national dish”. Ask anyone you may know who comes from England what they most miss apart from the pubs, they may well tell you it’s the curry. What makes this style of curry any different from any other curry? Its hard to say, but much has to do with the fresh ingredients, the exotic spices, the aromatic flavors and of course (if desired), the mouth tingling taste!
Richmond Craft Mafia’s Virtual Craft Show
Spring Bada Bing is postponed but your ability to pick up wonderfully hand-crafted items will not be denied.
One of the many ripple effects of no large gatherings of people is that local crafters have lost their ability to make some cash. Richmond Craft Mafia has come up with a nice solution, the Virtual Craft Show.
With Spring Bada Bing postponed we were looking for a way to support small businesses through this extremely hard time. We decided as a group to do a “virtual craft show” so you can support awesome makers while stuck at home.
The first vendor we would like to highlight is Bright Life Toys. They create funky kawaii plush toys and Waldorf movement toys. They believe in creative play for creative kids! I will be highlighting this adorable company all day on our Instagram. Make sure you are following us at @richmondcraftmafia
You can purchase products from Bright Life Toys by visiting their etsy shop at: http://www.brightlifetoys.etsy.com
The otter is the cutest thing ever.
RVA Legends — Architectural Iron Works
A look into the history of Richmond places that are no longer part of our landscape.
- 1008-1012 East Cary Street
One of the “constellation of firms” associated with iron man Asa Snyder. [CAW]
Asa Snyder & Co. Proprietors. Thirty-five years ago this establishment was founded by the late Asa Snyder in a very moderate way, but it gave genuine evidence of enterprise from the start, and in a few years it became a noted landmark of business industry. War, fire, and financial strife, have battered at its doors, but it still stands a monument to the enterprise of its founder.
Its contributions to the trade reflect the greatest credit on the mechanical skill of those employed in its several constructive departments. They find a large and steady demand from Virginia and West Virginia, North and South Carolina, for their beautiful and reliable goods of architectural designs. They employ sixty hands, and have a cupola capacity for making five tons of castings per hour.
Their specialties are all kinds of galvanized, cast and wrought iron used in building, which embraces vault doors, elevators,. fence and balcony railings, verandas, skylights, cornices, window hoods, steeples, &c. They are also manufacturers of Hayes’ Patent Skylight, Hyatt’s Patent Area Light, for which they control Virginia.
Messrs. Asa K. Snyder and Benj. J. Atkins comprise the present firm of Asa Snyder & Co. They were both members of the firm at the time of the death of Mr. Asa Snyder, in 1884, and have continued under the same firm name.
Snyder may have been well-known, but he was not the biggest game in town.
Mr. Asa K. Snyder was born and raised here, and was brought up in the iron trade. He is also in the pig iron and foundry supply brokerage business.
Mr. Atkins resides in Manchester. He has been connected with this house for twenty years, and has been a partner in the concern since 1877. [IOR]
Mention has been made of the three great iron works here, the Tredegar, the Old Dominion and the Richmond Locomotive Works, employing probably 2,500 hands between them. Of this class, there are, besides, two big stove works, the Richmond Spike Works and the Johnson forge, for car axles, in Manchester; electric light, and electrical construction companies and establishments, and half a dozen carriage and wagon and agricultural implement works, of more than local note and business, not to mention the minor shops and smithies that are here in scores. [RVCJ93]
Despite this, Snyder’s work was arguably longer-lived and more visible than any of the big three.
A number of partial facades were provided by Richmonder Asa Snyder. Snyder, along with the constellation of firms associated with his name, seems to have had several standard designs. Several buildings used a squared-off, classical colonnade with capitals made up of what looks like slightly over-ripe fruit. Others used a more geometrically precise rectangular ornament. Snyder provided a full range of architectural ornaments for his buildings which also possess cast iron window caps and cornices.
Snyder also provided the ironwork for the 1871 Columbian Building, now Sam Miller’s Exchange Cafe. The building possesses galvanized cornices and cast iron window caps. The most impressive use of iron in the building is the attenuated Corinthian columns used to support the roof of the third floor Exchange Room. The Columbian Building was Richmond’s corn and grain exchange and the Exchange Room is one of the most important early commercial spaces remaining in the city.
The most curious of the fronts is a minuscule building inserted in a 7 ½ foot space on Main Street. While painted to match the adjacent Southern Railroad Supply Building, this structure is completely different and distinct. It was made by Architectural Ironworks of Richmond, one of Snyder’s firms. [CAW]
The man got around. Or rather men. As noted above, Asa Snyder died in 1884, leaving the business to his son, Asa K. Snyder. The son himself would die in 1892 at the tender age of 32, and despite a Richmond Times advertisement from 1894, the end of the company was nigh.
The block where the foundry stood would be substantially altered with the construction of the First & Merchants National Bank Building in 1973, which eliminated the portion of Eleventh Street that used to run through it. The image above is an approximation of where Eleventh Street would have been (right), putting Architectural Iron Works somewhere in the center.
(Architectural Iron Works is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)
- [AAA] Allison & Addison’s Handbook of the Garden, Seed Catalog, and Almanac for 1868.
- [CAW] Cast and Wrought. Robert P. Withrop. 1980.
- [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
- [RVCJ93] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1893.